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Mastodon biography (bio):
Mastodon is a Grammy-nominated band from Atlanta, Georgia. They are usually classified as a heavy metal group, but there have been debates on what specific sub-genre they belong to. There is also a clear hardcore influence on the band, unsurprising as several of its members previously played in hardcore bands.
Mastodon's style includes heavy (and sometimes quite complex and technical) guitar riffs, complex, jazz-influenced drumming, odd time signatures, and long, melodic instrumental interludes, which are all common aspects of the progressive rock genre.
Mastodon was formed in 1999 when Brann Dailor and Bill Kelliher, former members of both Lethargy and Today is the Day, moved to Atlanta and met Troy Sanders, formerly of Knuckle, Four Hour Fogger, and Social Infestation, and Brent Hinds, formerly of Four Hour Fogger and Fiend Without A Face, at a High on Fire show where they discovered they had a mutual appreciation of psychedelic metal bands the Melvins and Neurosis and '70s hard-rockers Thin Lizzy. They recorded a demo in 2000 which is generally referred to as the 9 Song Demo. This CD-R was sold at shows, and the recordings had the band's first lead singer, Eric Saner on vocals. In early 2006, this recording was remastered and the vocals were re-recorded by the current members. Relapse Records released it under the title Call of the Mastodon. Eric Saner left the band for personal reasons after just a couple of months, and after recording one more demo and recording a 7" picture disc on Reptilian Records, Mastodon landed a record deal with Relapse Records in 2001. They released an EP, Lifesblood in 2001 and their first full-length album, Remission, was released in 2002, with the single "March of the Fire Ants." On all 3 of Mastodon's full-length albums, the last track is an instrumental with a title relating to the Elephant Man.